Police devise humane capture plan following credible sightings of wildcat

Police say they have a humane capture plan in place to trap a lynx which escaped from Dartmoor Zoological Park.

Officers say there have been ‘credible sightings’ of the animal, which escaped from its enclosure near the village of Sparkwell, on the south west edge of Dartmoor, on Wednesday night.

Two drones equipped with thermal imaging cameras were used last night and park staff have set 25 humane traps baited with meat in the area.

If the animal is not recovered, park staff and police officers will form a human cordon to move it back towards the park.

A vet is at the scene with a tranquiliser dart gun if required.

Flaviu, a two-year-old male Carpathian lynx, is believed to be on farm land outside the boundary of the park following a sighting by a member of park staff.

The wild cat is approximately the size of a Labrador and members of the public have been warned not to approach the animal, as it could be dangerous if alarmed or cornered.

Police have issued safety advice to local schools and the public.

If members of the public sight it they should call 999 immediately quoting log 252 of July 7 2016.

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